The Bleeding of the Stone

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The moufflon, a wild sheep prized for its meat, continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya. Only Asouf, a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and identifies with its creatures, knows exactly where it is to be found. Now he and the moufflon together come under threat from hunters who have already slaughtered the once numerous desert gazelles. The novel combines pertinent ecological issues with a moving portrayal of traditional desert life and of the ...

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Overview

The moufflon, a wild sheep prized for its meat, continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya. Only Asouf, a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and identifies with its creatures, knows exactly where it is to be found. Now he and the moufflon together come under threat from hunters who have already slaughtered the once numerous desert gazelles. The novel combines pertinent ecological issues with a moving portrayal of traditional desert life and of the power of the human spirit to resist.

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This spare novel, its prominent Libyan author's first to reach English translation, is a winning combination of ecological fable, political statement, and lyrical lament for the past. The focal character is Asouf, a herdsman who lives essentially alone with his goats in a mountainous desert region all but untouched by the modern age. Asouf's peace is routinely disrupted by the "Christian tourists" who flock to observe ancient religious paintings hidden away on the walls of honeycombed caves, and more severely threatened by ebullient "Westerners" who enlist him to guide their hunt for the moufflon, a species of wild sheep believed to be a sacred animal. The story's melodramatic apocalyptic finale seems slightly forced, but in no way dissipates the power of al-Koni's subtle dramatization of irreconcilable cultural misunderstanding and enmity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566564175
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Series: Emerging Voices Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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